Oracle Out, Google In At Berkeley Lab - InformationWeek
Cloud // Software as a Service
09:55 AM

Oracle Out, Google In At Berkeley Lab

4,000 employees at DOE research facility will have new calendaring system when they show up for work Monday.

In a major endorsement for Google's cloud computing strategy, one of the government's top research facilities is set to throw the switch this weekend on an employee-wide migration to the search giant's online Calendar software.

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, in Berkeley Calif., will move its 4,000 workers to the Google system after ditching Oracle's server-based calendaring and collaboration software. Berkeley labs has previously ported many other desktop tools, such as e-mail and messaging, to Google Apps.

IT managers at Berkeley said Google's hosted approach to collaboration software offers numerous advantages over traditional client-server setups.

"It does not require any installation of software, and is easy to access with a Web browser or mobile devices from anywhere in the world," IT staff at Berkeley told staffers in a memo to help them prepare for Monday's migration. "It complements and tightly integrates with other Google Apps. You can utilize the same Contacts list, create calendar events from e-mails, and respond to calendar invitations in Gmail," the memo said.

"If you're already familiar with personal Google Calendar, keep in mind that the version we are deploying has numerous features designed for businesses which are not available in the personal version," the IT staff noted. The business versions of Google Apps differ from the personal editions mostly in that they contain more advanced security and management features.

Beyond accessibility and simplicity, cost was also likely a factor in Berkeley Labs' decision to move off Oracle, known for its pricey enterprise software, to Google's cloud platform.

Google offers the business version of Google Apps, which includes Gmail, Groups, Sites, Docs, Video, and Calendar, for $50 per user, per year. That means Berkeley Labs, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and managed by the University of California, Berkeley, could run all its desktop services on Google for the modest price of $200,000 per year.

By comparison, Oracle priced its Beehive collaboration suite at $120 per user, per year, when it introduced the software in late 2008. At that price, Berkeley would have to shell out $480,000 annually for an all-Oracle suite of desktop tools.

Still, not everyone in the University of California system is convinced Google Apps is sufficiently robust for large enterprise use. Administrators at UC-Davis earlier this year nixed a move to Gmail, citing security concerns.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
2017 State of IT Report
In today's technology-driven world, "innovation" has become a basic expectation. IT leaders are tasked with making technical magic, improving customer experience, and boosting the bottom line -- yet often without any increase to the IT budget. How are organizations striking the balance between new initiatives and cost control? Download our report to learn about the biggest challenges and how savvy IT executives are overcoming them.
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll